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Abelson family fonds

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Collection
Abelson family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
multiple media
Fonds No.
I0005
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Wolf and Julia Abelson obituaries; Jess Abelson business life, photographs of his sporting life, Duke (Lawrence) Abelson’s early education and World War II career as a flyer with the Royal Canadian Air Force including his Canadian log book, commission, Certificate of Pr…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abelson family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
multiple media
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Wolf and Julia Abelson obituaries; Jess Abelson business life, photographs of his sporting life, Duke (Lawrence) Abelson’s early education and World War II career as a flyer with the Royal Canadian Air Force including his Canadian log book, commission, Certificate of Promotion to rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force - November, 1941 (see 1-992), correspondence of 160 letters as well as telegrams to his family, 1941-1943; Alan Abelson educational, sporting, and married life; 2002; Brief to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame for induction of Jess Abelson. Artifacts include one Boy Scout uniform (worn by Alan Abelson), 2 of Alan Abelson tennis racquets, 1 velvet jacket (worn by Julia Rosenblum on her marriage to Wolf Abelson), 3 infant dresses and 1 bonnet (worn by Jess and Mollie Abelson's children), 1 sweater with an “O” for Ottawa Football Team, Duke Abelson Officer hat; 4 World War II medals; 4 photograph albums and 1 scrapbook. Later accrual of textiles include 2 baby capes, hand made by Molly Abelson in the 1920's for daughter Sylvia and a pink crochet sweater or coat.
Date
1913-2002
Fonds No.
I0005
Conservation
1. Duke Abelson’s commission to Pilot Officer, February 11, 1942 conserved by Kyla Ubink in 2006. 2. Duke Abelson’s officer’s hat dry cleaned and repaired at Brown’s Cleaners, Champagne Street, Ottawa, Fall, 2006 and exhibited in Duke Abelson exhibit, Remembrance Day, 2006.
History Biographical
Wolf Abelson married Julia Rosenblum of Toronto and settled in Ottawa in the early 1900's. Both were born in Lithuania. Prior to settling in Ottawa, Wolf lived in Syracuse, New York, and in Cleveland, Ohio. Wolf grew up in Neinstadt, a toen near Kovno, Lithuania. According to the Abelson family, Moses Bilsky, the first known Jewish settler in Ottawa, came from the same area in Lituania and encouraged Wolf to also settle in Ottawa. Wolf established the Rideau House Furnishing Company at 180 Rideau Street. He and wife Julia had seven children; sons Jess, Nathan and Sidney and four daughters, Birdie, Helen, Sarah and Sally. The Abelsons were members of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Wolf Abelson served as congregation vice-president during A. J. Freiman’s tenure as president between 1904 to 1930. Jess Abelson (1892-1975), born in Cleveland, Ohio, was an outstanding sportsman. He played football in 1913 - 1914 for the Ottawa Rough Riders and played basketball with the Y.M.C.A. He was also a member of the 1913 Canadian Champion War Canoe Team. In 1920, he became the first scoutmaster of the 39th Jewish Boy Scout Troop, one of the first Jewish scout troops in Canada. In 1920 Jess married Mollie Gray from New York. Their children included Sylvia, Lawrence, Stan, Alan (b. August 27, 1928) and Bobby. Jess was a top salesman with the Northern Life Assurance Company and in later years he was active in curling and was the founder of the Tel Aviv Tennis Club. In 1986, Jess Abelson was the first person inducted into the Ottawa Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. His influence on Ottawa and on the Ottawa Jewish community extended well beyond sports, but as a sports personality he was a paragon of excellence for young Jewish athletes. All of Jess Abelsons sons excelled in sports. Tragically, Flying Officer Lawrence "Duke" Abelson died in a training flight in England November 15, 1943 while serving in World War II. Duke went overseas in the fall of 1942 and with R.C.A.F. Mosquito Squadron. Alan became a lawyer, and lives and works in Ottawa.
Acquisition Source
Sylvia Abelson Gellman, Alan Abelson
Notes
1. Lawrence's nickname Duke came from living on Marlborough Street, Ottawa 2. Recoreded interview with Alan Abelson located in the Local Social History Project series, Jewish Community Council of Ottawa fonds. 3. Alan Abelson provided the details of Wolf Abelson's heritage in September 2006. 4. Duke Abelson’s war service is recorded in 'Canadian Jews in World War II: Part II: casualities' and in 'There I was ... a collection of reminiscences by members of the Ottawa Jewish Community who served in World War II.' 5. Duke Abelson’s commission to Pilot Officer was exhibited in Duke Abelson exhibit, Remembrance Day, 2006. 6. A note from Shirley Berman is attached to the textile items providing additional information.
Related Material
Material related to Jess Abelson in Tel Aviv Tennis Club fonds and Samuel Caplan fonds. Jess Abelson article in Ottawa Jewish Bulletin & Review, December 12, 1986.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Album : Paper : handwritten, graphic arts : Ink : green, blue, white, pink, blue-green, yellow ; Ht: 10 cm x W: 17,4 cm
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  2 images  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Album : Paper : handwritten, graphic arts : Ink : green, blue, white, pink, blue-green, yellow ; Ht: 10 cm x W: 17,4 cm
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
June 15, 1915-September 21, 1923
Physical Condition
Good
Language
Yiddish
Polish
Russian
Notes
82 pages. Hardcover, cardboard bound with staples, glue and fabric. Covers are dark green fabric; front cover has 2 blue and white flowers with stems painted on; pages have silver gilded edges. Inside covers are pattered with brown interlocking flowers and lines. Pages are divided into sections pale pink, blue-green and yellow with autographs in pencil and ink. The book is less than half full. Narrative: This autograph book belonged to Syma Rabinovich donor's mother. It is filled with wishes, quotations and etc.,written by her friends and relatives.
Accession No.
2001.27.03
Name Access
Schachner, Rose
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Calendar : Paper : Ink : multi-colored ; Ht: 15 3/4 in. x W: 19 3/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Calendar : Paper : Ink : multi-colored ; Ht: 15 3/4 in. x W: 19 3/4 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Condition
Good
Language
Yiddish
Notes
1 page, color printed with image of large multi-colored stone memorial with 3 peaks. Star of David at top of centre peak. 4 pillars topped with ornaments spaced evenly across. Inset between first and second pillar, on left side, image of man weeping, standing over grave. Smaller image between smaller pillars underneath, depicting large tree next to white structure in desert. On right side, between third and fourth pillars is mirror image of woman weeping, standing over grave, underneath it is smaller biblical image of robed figures praying at a wall. Centre section has image of a page with Yiddish writing, empty spaces to write in Yarzheit dates. Below it is a lamp topped with an eternal flame. Narrative: The yahrzeit is the anniversary of a person's passing. People remember the person in the synagogue by reciting the kaddish prayer but also through charity donations.
Accession No.
2011X.58.216
Name Access
MHMC
Places
Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Images
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Candlestick

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Candlestick : silver ; Ht: 12 5/8 in. x W: 4 3/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  2 images  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Candlestick : silver ; Ht: 12 5/8 in. x W: 4 3/4 in.
Other Title Information
Ceremonial Artifact
Date
[ca. 1880-1920]
Physical Condition
Good
Notes
Silver plate, circular base, stem has “umbrella” and bulbous sections, top candleholder section shaped like flower, flower and leaf designs on surface.
Accession No.
2005.13.1
Name Access
Shuster, Marcia
Places
Warsaw, Poland, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Images
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Certificate

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper ; Ht: 14 in. x W: 8 3/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper ; Ht: 14 in. x W: 8 3/4 in.
Other Title Information
Function Unknown
Date
August 15, 1913
Physical Condition
Good
Language
Russian
Notes
Authorization document for Abram Rosenblatt, written by commanding officer of 8th squadron, that Abram Rosenblatt can start his studys in dental school. Purple stamp on left side
Accession No.
2011X.310.158
Name Access
Sourkes, Shana
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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Certificate

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper : Ink : beige ; Ht: 13 7/8 in. x W: 8 3/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper : Ink : beige ; Ht: 13 7/8 in. x W: 8 3/4 in.
Other Title Information
Function Unknown
Date
March 28, 1910
Physical Condition
Good
Language
Russian
Notes
A copy of document for recruting station, document contains a description of physical appearance of Abram Rosenblatt, and that he is ready to start in 1912 a military service in Briceni(Moldova), stamped bottom left corner.
Accession No.
2011X.310.168
Name Access
Sourkes, Shana
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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Certificate

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn59322
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper : Ink : beige ; Ht: 14 in. x W: 8 5/8 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Certificate : Paper : Ink : beige ; Ht: 14 in. x W: 8 5/8 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
March 28, 1910
Physical Condition
Good
Language
Russian
Notes
A copy of document for recruting station, document contains a description of physical appearance of Abram Rosenblatt, and that he is ready to start in 1912 a military service in Briceni(Moldova), stamped bottom left corner
Accession No.
2011X.310.172
Name Access
Sourkes, Shana
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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"Challah" Plate

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Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Artifact : Silver 925 ; Ht:28 cm x W:43 cm : Hebrew
Fonds No.
SH-01; 569
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Artifact : Silver 925 ; Ht:28 cm x W:43 cm : Hebrew
Date
[ca. 1915]
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
569
Physical Condition
Very good
Notes
Oval challah plate engraved and chased with images of challahs, Stars of David, shells. Hebrew inscription regarding Shabbat. From Rabbi Herman Abramowitz estate, made to order in Germany and presented to Rabbi Abramowitz on his 25th anniversary as rabbi at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim 1927. Donated by Joe and Ida Berman.
Places
Germany
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Images
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commemorative pin

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
commemorative pin : cast, soldered, enamelled : black, silver
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
commemorative pin : cast, soldered, enamelled : black, silver
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
1918-1939
Physical Condition
Good
Language
German
Notes
Round medal pin. The contour of the medal is silver. The inside on the medal in black. In the middle of the medal is a 'steel helmet' (der Stahlhelm). The helmet is big enough so that its front and back are touching the silver contour. On the helmet is written 'Der Stahlhelm" in black, gothic writing. The back of the medal is silver and has a pin soldered to it. STH is written on the bottom of the medal in gothic writing and underlined. Narrative: This pin is a membership badge for the 'Der Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten' (The Steel Helmet, League of Frontline Soldiers). This league was a paramilitary organised defense assocation ('ein paramilitärisch organisierter Wehrverband') under the Weimar Republic. It was founded in Magdeburg by Franz Seldte in 1918, after the German defeat (WWI). This organisation gathered veterans from WWI frustrated with the German defeat, humilitated by the Traité de Versailles and opposed to the Weimar Republic's political system. With more than 500 000 members in 1930, the Stahlhelm was the biggest paramilitary organisation at the time. In 1933, all militaristic organisation were subordinated to the Sturmabteilung (SA). In 1933, the Stahlhelm members under the age of 45 were integrated into the Sturmabteilung (SA). In 1934, the Stahlhelm was renamed 'Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Frontkämpferbund' (N.S.D.F.B. or Federation of the National Socialist Frontline-Fighters). In 1935 the organization was completely dissolved by the Nazis. GES.GESCH.: Gesetzlich geschützt (legally protected).
Accession No.
2010.07.22
Name Access
Maass, Joan
Places
Germany
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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Cup and saucer

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Cup and saucer : gilded : white, gold ; Ht: 4 cm x W: 5,8 cm x De: 7,3 cm
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  2 images  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Cup and saucer : gilded : white, gold ; Ht: 4 cm x W: 5,8 cm x De: 7,3 cm
Other Title Information
Food Service T&E
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Condition
Excellent
Notes
Set of two demitasses with their matching saucers, part of a larger service. Demitasse is a small round tea cup with smaller round base. White with golden geometric pattern around the border of the cup. Golden handle in right-angled trapezoid shape on the side of the cup. The saucers are round with smaller round base. White with golden geometric pattern around the border of the plate. Narrative: These demitasses and plates belong to Adolf and Kaethe Maass. They were sent, along with pieces of furniture, to their son Gerhart in Montreal prior to the Second World War. Adolf and Kaethe Maass were both killed in Auschwitz concentration camp (Poland).
Accession No.
2010.07.38-39
Name Access
Maass, Joan
Places
Szczawienko (Niedersalzbrunn), Poland (Silesia), Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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